The eighties were known as the Me decade. The nineties have been called the Electronic age. So far, what would you label this decade?
I’d call the decade 2001 – 2010 the neo-Puritan decade due to the resurgence of Puritanical mind sets and ultra-conservative movements. I think it’s a knee jerk reaction to the fear and paranoia sparked by 9/11 which is incessantly fueled by the government, the press, the media and the religious right. Fear and loathing isn’t confined to just the conservatives; the liberal factions have been contributing their fair share of FUD to the mix.
I see a widespread desire to retreat back to an earlier time when life was supposedly simpler and less dangerous even though it really wasn’t. It was just a different set of complications and dangers. Anyone remember McCarthyism, the Cold War, Vietnam, and the Civil Rights movement? And there was terrorism in the 70s, 80s and 90s too. Technology and the growth of the media make it easier for people to play on our fears to forward their own agendas.
This decade has seen a radical deterioration of personal freedoms, civil liberties and common sense along with a similar increase in fear-mongering, greed, and persecution. It has been a decade that people transferred their fears to any group that was different from them in the illusion that suppressing them somehow gave them some measure of security or control over things. George Bush’s “with us or agin us” attitude still hangs over us. It’s completely irrational and doesn’t solve anything but it apparently makes a lot of people think they feel better.